Way back when I was a young, idealistic college student I learned a principal that has changed my life. I know that sounds dramatic, but it’s true and it’s the name of this blog: I/fwp.
Ideas. Folk. Work. Place.
These are the things that shape who we are. They are the raw make-up of what makes us and the world we live in. The “ideas” are most important because they are the fuel for what we think, how we act and what we do. St. Paul says,
“whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” –Philippians 4:8
“I” can be so many things in this world. For me, though, “I” is the truth, goodness, and beauty of the Catholic faith. It is a gift of love from God.
It is ALL gift.
And the “I” informs all the other aspects of our lives. Our ideas form who we are in relation to others around us (folk). Our ideas inform what we do and how we spend our days (work). And our ideas inform how we relate to our cultural and spacial region (place). The”fwp” is what makes the application of the “I” so unique.
The trick is to make the transition between the “I” and the “fwp” seamless and natural.
Here’s where life gets tricky, since the “ideas” of our time are thrown at us from every angle. It takes an immense effort not to let these be the “I” by default. This isn’t a new struggle, to be sure. It’s just so darn complicated when you add in a family!
I guess I/fwp really is how I get my equilibrium. Is my “I” of faith really making its way into my “fwp”? Or am I letting other conflicting ideas into our life?
For me, the challenge is to reclaim a Catholic imagination in pursuit of my family’s holiness.
So, even though I blog about the weather, recipes, sick and goofy kids, and farm life, be assured that I/fwp is always there.